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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s competition for Dayot Upamecano; Liverpool to chase Renato Sanches; Florian Neuhaus to Real Madrid?; Why Inter Milan wants to dump Christian Eriksen; and MORE!

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Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen will face-off tomorrow in a match that will determine who finishes the first half of the season atop the Bundesliga table.

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Bayern’s competition for Upamecano revealed (Transfer Market Web)

If Bayern Munich is really going to make an offer for RB Leipzig center-back Dayot Upamecano, it will likely have to battle with Liverpool and Manchester United:

According to Transfermarkt.de, French international center-back Dayot Upamecano (22), rather likely to leave RB Leipzig ahead of next summer, is getting closer and closer to join Bayern Munich, on an about 55 million euros transfer fee. The 1998-born backliner is still tracked hard by Liverpool and Manchester United as well.

Earlier in the week, we posted a story regarding Manchester United’s waning interest in Upamecano, but the rumors surrounding the France international will continue to twist and turn over the coming weeks.

Sanches to LFC? (Sport Bild)

Could former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches be on the move to Liverpool? Lille’s massive debt could force the club to start selling assets.

Per the report, Sanches is Lille’s most valuable player at 20 million and could be a prime candidate to move on in hopes of the club generating some revenue. Where could Sanches go? Well, here is one idea:

Several clubs from England, especially Liverpool FC.

Per Le10 Sport, Sanches is Liverpool’s first option to replace Georginio Wijnaldum in the central midfield, if Wijnaldum cannot agree with the club on a new contract.

Neuhaus to Madrid (Don Balon)

It’s always a good day when The Don is back in the Schmankerl. For this edition, Don Balon has a report stating that Real Madrid could be interested in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder — and potential Bayern Munich transfer target — as a successor to Toni Kroos:

The harsh reality is that the German international is already 30 years old, and he doesn’t have much left. Sooner rather than later, there will be a sporting decline that is inevitable, and from which there is no escape, as has been seen on multiple occasions, with players like Marcelo or even Leo Messi. For this reason, Florentino Pérez wants to cover his back, since finding a star of his level and his qualities is very complicated, if not impossible.

However, the German international has indicated who may be his successor, both at the Santiago Bernabéu and in the national team. Because he sees Florian Neuhaus well prepared for that responsibility, of whom they speak wonders, and whom they were able to observe closely in the group stage of the Champions League. He was the most outstanding player for Borussia Mönchengladbach, and one of the reasons they are in the round of 16.

At 23, he has an impressive maturity and personality, and the responsibility of putting the weight of the team on his back does not weigh on him.

Truthfully, Neuhaus-to-Real Madrid makes more sense than Neuhaus-to-Bayern Munich at this point.

So why has Eriksen been involved in so many transfer rumors? (Sport Witness)

Christian Eriksen’s name has been spread throughout transfer rumors worldwide and has been linked to almost a dozen teams over the past three months. So...why is Inter Milan looking to get rid of the talented 28-year-old?

Sport Witness has some thoughts:

Christian Eriksen’s situation is one of the most talked about issues in Italian football right now, with the problem building for some months.

Having arrived from Tottenham during the 2020 winter window, the transfer was hugely hyped both by Inter Milan and the sport media close to the club. It was felt the Serie A side had got a good deal, and things started off reasonably well. That didn’t continue and Eriksen is slipping away from prominence at Inter, with repeat reports that Antonio Conte just isn’t a fan of the Denmark international. The manager doesn’t feel Eriksen has the necessary commitment to his system, and that he lacks the huge desire Conte wants from his players.

Per Transfer Market Web, Arsenal seems like another potential destination for Eriksen:

According to Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal are getting closer and closer to sign Danish international midfielder Christian Eriksen. To this end, Inter Milan are ready to seal the deal with Gunners over a swap deal, having 28-year old Swiss playmaker move to Italian club.

Leverkusen’s planning for long-term success (kicker)

Bayer Leverkusen is enjoying its time atop the Bundesliga table and looks like it is positioning itself for long-term success. Yesterday, Die Werkself announced that it had extended the contracts of both winger Moussa Diaby and center-back Edmond Tapsoba:

More, Leverkusen does not appear to want to go down the road it went with Kai Havertz as it pertains to Florian Wertz, the club’s latest phenom. Per kicker, extending Wirtz’s deal has become a priority:

Florian Wirtz is one of the top talents in Bayer Leverkusen’s squad. The Werkself club will soon bind the 17-year-old to itself for a longer period of time. Since Wirtz is not yet of legal age, a two-stage model is used: initially with a new funding agreement for a maximum of three complete years of play. However, the contract contains a conversion agreement that will take effect from May 3, 2021 when Wirtz turns 18. This means that a licensed player contract comes into force, which Wirtz has to sign again. This will then run until 2025, or even until 2026 if it starts on July 1st.

Wirtz has burst on to the scene this season featuring mostly as an attacking midfielder. Wirtz can also play either wing position and has tallied five goals and five assists in 17 games across all competitions this season.